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good morning. double dose of cold. more than 200 million people waking up to a bitter blast of winter this morning. temperatures 15 degrees below average, from the midwest to the northeast. and an even bigger cold snap is yet to come. this morning, we'll tell you how bad it's going to get. > battle of the billionaires. former new york city mayor, michael bloomberg, one step closer to entering the democratic race for president. filing paperwork to get on the ballot in alabama. bloomberg, a fierce critic of president trump. and the president's already teeing up his attacks. >> there's nobody i would rather run against than little michael. >> this morning, bloomberg's unique strategy for winning the nomination if he gets in. star witness.
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a lawyer for president trump's former national security adviser, john bolton, hinting he could reveal never-before-heard details about ukraine. as the impeachment investigation prepares for the public hearings next week, we're live at the white house. all that, plus vaping breakthrough. the cdc announces it may have pinpointed what is causing all those vaping-related illnesses and dozens of deaths. health scare. a "wheel of fortune" taping stopped after pat sajak was rushed to the hospital for an emergency. and rocking around the christmas tree. the spruce arriving here at rockefeller center this morning for the whole world to enjoy. and you won't believe how it got its start. today, saturday, november 9th, 2019. >> from nbc news, this is "today," with sheinelle jones, peter alexander and dylan
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dreyer, live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. hello and welcome to "today." thanks for joining us on this saturday morning. it's cold outside. with the tree coming to town, a little cheer coming here. >> it's time. it's one of those thing where's time is just flying. we have a lot of people on the plaza. get the kids up and watch this. you're going to hear the backstory of this tree. it started as a tiny tree. >> yeah. she's all grown up. let's get right to our top story this morning. it is cold outside. the unseasonable cold, sweeping the country. people waking up this morning to bitterly cold temperatures, well below average. it's about to get worse. dave price from our station here in new york, wnbc, is in for dylan. >> it's cold. and we have 31 million people under freeze watches and warnings this morning. stretching into texas and all the way up through the five boroughs of new york city. and 700 million people feeling
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below-average temperatures this morning. why is that? let's take a look. we have an amplified jet stream. that's allowing cold, arctic air to sink on through, providing freezing and subfreezing temperatures for much of the country this morning. typically, when you see a setup like this, one side of the country is very cold, the other side of the country, warmer than normal. mid-70s as we head out to colorado. and in the 90s in southern california. but for many people waking up to windchills in the 20s this morning, boston at 20. 21 in erie, pennsylvania. 21 in chicago, as well. now, as we widen the picture, high temperatures today, probably below average by anywhere to 10 to 15 degrees. a chilly day. now, this is isn't the only blast of cold air we're going to get in the short-term. sunday night, another blast is going to come on in from the northern rockies into monday. that's going to begin to overspread the area. and look at the departures from norms. 25 to 30 degrees.
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cold air invades the northeast through the midweek. there's a lot to talk about weather-wise. that's a quick look at the weather. we'll send it back to you. sheinelle? pete peter? >> we'll get the rest of the fro forecast in a few minutes. former new york city mayor and businessman michael bloomberg filing paperwork to get on the alabama primary. why alabama? it's the first state with a milimile i filing deadline. alley batali joins us this morning. >> good morning, peter. four years ago, michael bloomberg flirted with running for president. now, for the first time, he's put his name on a presidential ball ballot. but is this just a tease? or is he ready to run? this morning, democrats may have a new opponent, new york businessman and former new york city mayor, michael bloomberg. just before the deadline, his aides filed paperwork to be on
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the alabama ballot. he's not officially in the race yet, but he wants to keep his options open. his opponents, unfazed. >> i have no problem with him getting in the race. >> reporter: bloomberg has been a long-time critic of president trump. >> trump says he wants to run the nation like he's running his business? god help us. i'm a new yorker and i know a con when i see one. >> reporter: since then, he's been using his millions to help democrats win elections. and now, bloomberg wants to ensure president trump is defeated in 2020. his spokesman telling nbc news, mike is increasingly concerned the current field of candidates is not well-positioned to do that. bloomberg reportedly has expressed doubts about fellow modera moderate, joe biden, and whether biden could beat president trump. >> last polls i looked at, i'm far ahead. >> reporter: if bloomberg decides to enter the race, he does not plan to compete in the
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early contests, iowa and new hampshire. he would be getting a late start. president trump took a shot at bloomberg on friday. >> there's nobody i would like to run against than little michael. >> blood alcohmberg is betting iowa and new hampshire won't matter. strategists are questioning if he can wait that long and succeed. peter? >> a lot of new energy on the democratic side. ali, thank you very much. now, to the impeachment ip quirery and what could be damaging testimony for the white house. bolton has information about ukraine that hasn't been revealed yet. hans nichols at the white house. good morning. >> reporter: public hearings. now, yesterday, the president said he didn't want that. that's after weeks of arguing that this private testimony should be made public. it all comes ahead of legal uncertainty on who will be compelled to testify.
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after returning to washington late friday, the president bracing for potentially big bombshells in the impeachment inquiry. former national security adviser, john bolton, may be ready to share relevant meetings and conversations on ukraine that have not been discussed publicly, according to his lawyer, making him a possible star witness. his appearance could shed some light on the newly-released testimony of his former deputy, fiona hill, who says he referred to rudy giuliani, the president's personal attorney, as a hand grenade in the ukraine discussions. hill testified that bolton was so concerned about a july 10th conversation between ukrainian officials and gordon sondland, the ambassador to the european union, he left early. also in the meeting, alexander vindman, looking alarmed, acc d according to hill. in his testimony, there was no doubt that trump had invoked a quid pro quo for the you yukrai
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to investigate the bidens. to get the white house meeting, they had to deliver the investigation. meanwhile, the president doubling down. >> i had a second call with the president, which i believe came before this one. now, they all want that one. and if they want it, i'll give it to him. >> reporter: insisting his actions were appropriate. >> why would you ask the president of ukraine to do something you weren't willing to ask your own justice department? >> we're looking for corruption. we're giving hundreds of millions of dollars and looking for corruption. >> reporter: as the president ignores a cease and desist letter from the initial whistleblower's lawyer. >> the whistleblower is a disgrace to our country. a disgrace. and the whistleblower, because of that, should be revealed. >> hans, with increased security on the president in d.c. this week, he will be watching lsu/alabama, the college football. this comes after attending the world series and the mma fight. is this a strategy to reach
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voters, if you will? >> reporter: partly. the white house is looking for ways to get around traditional blocs and reach voters that aren't necessarily engaged. if he receives a mixed reaction from the crowd, they know his appearance in a stadium or ballpark, will reverberate beyond the immediate audience. this game has an added benefit because it's lsu and alabama. there's an important gubernatorial election in louisiana on saturday. it's being billed, guys, as the game of the century. but peter and i are west coast guys. we know without a pac-10 or pac-12 team, it can't be the game of the century. >> i'll take it. i can't respond to that. >> makes a good point. aaron blake is a senior political reporter at "the washington post." he joins us now. aaron, good morning. nice to see you. >> good morning. >> let's talk impeachment if we can. this last week was the first time that americans saw the transcripts of the closed-door dp depositions, for these key witnesses, including a current national security official, who
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had no doubt -- he was on the call. he had no doubt that the president was engaged in a quid pro quo. as we look ahead next week for the first time, we're going to have public hearings. what are you looking forward to seeing over the course of next week? what will you be watching for? >> well, it will begin with a slog, rather than a bang. on wednesday, we have two successive hearings that will drag this out for a very long time in one day. first, with bill taylor, the top diplomat in ukraine. then, george kent, a top state department employee. i think they're going to set the stage here and talk about reservations that existed in a diplomatic community and in the top state department officials, about exactly what was happening here. specifically when it came to military aid and the withholding of a white house meeting. on friday, you're going to see yovanovitch, the former ukraine ambassador, talk about how she was treated. i think from there, when we really get into the meat of this, is when vindman and hill may testify. these are the people who are in the meeting on july 10th.
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they can paint a much more vivid picture of this. and beyond that, of course, there's the big question of whether john bolton testifies here. >> let me ask you about john bolt bolton, if i can, quickly. there was a titillating clue about what bolton may know. his lawyer writing to lawmakers saying he has knowledge about many relevant meetings and conversations related to ukraine, that lawmakers do not know about. what's the likelihood that we do hear from john bolton? >> well, the problem is, that a court case can really get dragged out. and democrats they say don't want to participate in a dragged-out process going through the courts. they want john bolton to come in now. i do think it's curious that john bolton's lawyer inserted that line in this letter. it suggests to me that he's a motivated witness. maybe he can be persuaded to testify under the right circumstances. maybe he's holding out right now because there's a little bit of gamesmanship going on and he wants to make it look like he's not walking in there with an ax to grind against the president. >> let's talk 2020 politics if we can. a lot of people talking about
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the potential entrance of michael bloomberg into this race. a long-time aide told me he will make a final decision, quote, soon. for the moment, we wait. but what would be the impact of bloomberg joining the democratic field? >> i think the prevailing theory, especially for bloomberg, is maybe joe biden is a little bit weak. maybe elizabeth warren and bernie sanders are taking over the party a little too much. maybe there's a concern about pop populis m. i'm not sure having a billionaire from new york city waltz into the race at the end, and talk about how there should be a wealth tax, the strongest signal. that may be something that accrues to elizabeth warren's ben g benefit. and bloomberg is skipping the first fostates. that's a strategy when you can't compete in the states. that's a questionable theory
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going forward. >> it could be a heck of a showdown if it were to happen. aaron blake, thanks very much. >> thank you. let's turn to what could be a major breakthrough in fighting the vaping epidemic. researchers may have a clue as to what's causing the 2,000 vaping-related illnesses and 39 deaths. molly hunter is here to explain. >> reporter: sheinelle, good morning. this could answer a lot of questions about how to fight the epidemic. for the first time, the cdc has identified exactly what in e-cigarettes is making people so sick. and now president trump wants to take action. this morning, a breakthrough. researchers with the cdc tested 29 patients with vaping illnesses from 10 different states. all had vitamin eacetate in their fluids. it's found in cosmetics and some
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vaping products, especially thc off of the street. >> vitamin e acetate, that can trigger inflammation in the lung, which is like a fire starting in the lung that's difficult to extinguish. >> reporter: 22-year-old elijah mcclure spent 12 days on a ventilator fighting for his life and is now sharing the products he used. >> i was using two forms of vaping. they're not hard to find if you're looking for one. >> reporter: he started with nicotine at age 15 and also used off-market cartridges with cht. thc the active ingredient in cannabis. >> if i can help people not to get to that state, i will speak every day, every minute i can. >> reporter: the most popular e - e-cig flavors with teens, mint and menthol. on friday, president trump vowed
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action. >> we have to take care of our kids, most importantly. we're going to have an age limit of 21 or so. >> reporter: now, new evidence this week shows the number of teenagers who vape has doubled in the past two years. public health officials support that 21-year-old age limit and banning flavors mint and menthol. but the president is under pressure from the vaping industry, saying that kind of ban will cost jobs. natalie azar is a medical contributor. good morning to you. how big a breakthrough is this? >> pretty big. since september, we heard from new york state health officials. they at that point linked this vitamin e acetate, and severe lung disease. that was in the product. this is the first time that the health officials, the cdc, has demonstrated the vitamin e acetate in the fluid of the lungs of the people who suffered this injury. >> you know, interesting because we were talking about whether
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this will make vaping any safer. >> right. >> but the reality is, you have counterfeit products, too. people are wondering, is it that or all products? >> this builds on an accumulating body of evidence that the concern is most likely related to thc-containing products. particularly the ones that are found, what we call, informally. on the black market, online, through friends, et cetera. >> that's how so many people get it, in reality. >> it is. as opposed to a thc dispensary or a vaping shop. in a parallel report yesterday, they found those individuals who sustained the severest lung injury were eight-times more likely to have obtained thc from a counterfeit source. the cdc says, we recommend not smoking any vaping product that contain thc. it's worthwhile or worth noting to double down on the recommendation to use extreme caution in vaping a thc product
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that is purchased online, via -- you know, just a casual friend or acquaintance, as opposed to a licensed facility. >> looking at the map. 39 deaths. >> yeah. >> it's unbelievable at this point. >> by the way, it's important to note that while this is certainly, this vitamin e acetate, is a compelling explanation or culprit, the cdc continues to investigate the aerosol. they are not ruling out other contaminants that could be causing some of these cases. >> thank you for coming in this morning. let's get another check of weather from dave. >> all right. we talked about the cold weather in the northeast. let's focus on other areas of the country. we have thunder showers in south florida. warmer conditions stretching from the rockies to the mid mississippi valley, where temperatures will be 10 to 15 degrees above the norm. as we head out to the west, we are still waiting for rain to come to areas of california. it doesn't look like that is going to happen in the next week
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or so. in the pacific northwest, we're looking at showers beginning to push on through. but not a major organized storm system. and eventually, we'll see our second dose of bitter cold air work its way from canada, spreading all the way through the upper midwest and the northern plains states and eventually winding up in the northeast again. but for folks in the northeast, stretching all the way down to the gulf states, we are waking up this morning to extreme cold temperatures. and before next week ends, we could see several hundred 100 or more records drop. we will take a look at the full weather picture in a little while. >> once again, we're waking up to some of that dense fog, especially up to the north bay. look at petaluma. 48 degrees right now, mill valley, 46. san francisco, 51 degrees. expect to keep the areas of fog at least through the first half of the morning. today's microclimate highs will
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be climbing into the mid 70s down to the south bay. 73 for san jose. 78 for concord. martinez, 74. san francisco, 64. >> and that's a quick look at your weather. >> dave, thank you very much. still to come, an arrest in connection with the missing stepdaughter of a ufc fighter. and questions this morning about why the suspect was free in the first place. plus, why this man jumped on to the hood of a moving car. we're back after this.
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we're back on this saturday morning, with "the weekly download." >> the brutal temperatures and the impeachment inquiry, was a week that began that with an attack on families in mexico. >> a deadly assault south of the
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border. >> four of my grandchildren are burnt and shot up. >> three mothers and six children, ruthlessly gunned down in the desert of northern mexico. one of their vehicles was torched, with babies trapped inside. >> the attackers believed to be members of a local drug cartel. a shocking hate crime in milwaukee. >> he is an american citizen and he was attacked, brutally. barbarically. >> a naturalized citizen from peru, badly burned after a man threw battery acid in his face. >> prosecutors charged clifton blackwell for the hate crime. >> he has not entered a plea. >> that's not right. we're going to make sure we're going to stand behind every listing, every host. >> airbnb announcing big charges, pledging to verify all 7 million properties and owners on its platform in the next year. this after a news investigation
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uncovered deception and fraud. >> only to discover the actual prosecu property was not like the photos. new concerns over smart home devices. >> researchers discovering amazon's alexa, apple's siri, and google home can be hacked by laser pointers and flashlights. >> experts suggest moving your devices away from windows so people outside can't use a laser to take control of them. this is the first day of the rest of your life. >> hundreds of prisoners in oklahoma were set free on monday, in what was called the biggest single-day mass commutation. >> oklahoma has the greatest lock-up rate. in all, more than 500 nonviolent offenders had their sentences reduced. >> i'm so glad that governor stitt gave us this opportunity
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to be able to go home to our families. some of this week's wildest moments caught on camera -- water gushing from the top of a philadelphia skyscraper, soaking the sidewalk below. officials say a faulty fire system test was to blame. a boston man leapt into action, when someone tried to steal his car, jumping on the hood as the thief drove away. thankfully, he was not seriously hurt. and a bear in california needed a helping hand after getting stuck in a dumper the. sheriff's deputies lifted the lid to help the big guy make his escape. and finally -- a california teacher went viral teaching her second graders to love themselves, all to the tune of lizzo's hit, "truth hurts." that's so good. >> that's a good teacher. >> "truth hurts" is a song about boy problems. but she turned it into a song about these kids. >> that's a teacher they will always remember. >> so many of the teachers take
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their personal time to do creative work. >> that's true. if you're a teacher, hats off to you this morning. >> i was psyched that my teacher would let me stand on the desk like that. >> i wish i didn't spend so much time in the hallway. >> at the principal's office. a look back at the fall of the berlin wall, 30 years ago today. we're going to talk to tom brokaw, who was the only network anchor live on the air as it happened. plus, how one community is honoring a world war ii veteran each and every day. and tis the season. the rockefeller christmas tree almost home. its big arrival, just ahead, live. first, we're going to take a break for these messages. we'll see y backou h
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good saturday morning. it is 5:26. we're taking a live look outside 37 extremely foggy in dublin. i actually had to have my directors tell me where that was because i had no idea.
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looking straight at it. thanks so much for joining us. we have a look at our microclimate forecast. >> and it's another foggy start. we've been waking up to this is cloudy, foggy conditions. look at the golden gate bridge shot right there. you can't make out the golden gate bridge because of the fog, but right now, current temperatures at 50 degrees. wind speeds nice and light, 6 miles per hour. look at downtown san jose. they have the fog through there, as well. currently the temperatures '53 degrees through the south bay for the most part. we're in the 50s. but as we head in towards the afternoon, we'll see some of this clearing and some of the fog and then we'll get mostly clear conditions by the afternoon. if you live along the coastline, expect to keep those cloudy conditions. overall, our daytime highs will be in the six for the peninsula and we'll climb into the upper 70s for the interior valley. 73 for san jose and 66 in oakland. aside from that, it should be a pretty calm weekend when it
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comes to the weather. we're not tracking any winds. just the early morning areas. we'll go over the timeline for next week, coming up. >> we'll see you at 7:00 for that. frightening moments for a woman in the south bay when a robber broke into her home while she was home alone. it happened around 5:30 yesterday morning at the home on viaporticino and coopertino. the woman called 911 from her upstairs bedroom. when deputies arrived, they saw a man running from the neighborhood towards the boulevard. people who live nearby say it's scary because they always thought their neighborhood was safe. >> so we are hoping he is found and we are wondering how we can make it safer as a community. >> deputies say the man was last seen wearing a dark colored long sleeved shirt and dark pants. and the search continues for thieves who broke into a dozen cars in san ma tateo. it happened sunday morning. the thieves took whatever they could, like credit cards,
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sunglasses, even spare change. police are urging community members to install security cameras to help protect their belongings. it is just shy of 5:29. coming up this morning on "today in the bay," eating on the run, not on b.a.r.t. we'll show you this exchange between a b.a.r.t. officer and a passenger that started with an sandwich and ended in handcuffs .we'll have that and your top stories for the weekend coming up at 7:00. in the meantime, we'll send you back to the "today" show.
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♪ it's beginning to look a lot like christmas ♪ ♪ everywhere you go we're back. >> we have to get to thanksgiving first. >> that's true. november 9th, 2019. and it is beginning to look a lot like christmas because, look at what's coming to town. >> there she is, the rockefeller center christmas tree. 77 feet tall, ready to call rockefeller center its home after a two-hour trek from florida, new york. check out who is on the truck. dave price, holding on tight. how is it up there? >> it's amazing. i was busy counting the rings to tell how old the tree is. it is about 60 to 65 years old.
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this is 12 tons of tree, from florida, new york, just about 60 miles away from here. 77 feet long. when we unwrap this baby, it will be about 46 feet wide. >> amazing. >> and this is going to be a beauty. we're going to do a three-point turn here. that should take about a year and a half. and then, look at this. by the way, a round of applause for the guy in the cab here, maneuvering this truck. >> that is something. >> it's about 60 miles that the tree travels. but it can only go about 25 to 30 miles -- a little to the left. oh, boy. someone's -- someone's hyundai is about to get it. >> don't say that. >> he made it. he made it. don't worries. nothing to see. keep moving. it's beautiful, though. >> a magical time of year. >> and you can see this on display this year, all the way until january 17th. people from around the world
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come to raockefeller center to take a look at this tree and with good reason. we have so much beauty that rests here. and all the eyes of the world look to this tree to mark the beginning of the holiday season. it's so much fun. >> and everybody behind you is smiling. it puts everybody in a good mood. >> no doubt. >> dave, thank you very much. >> it is cold outside. we'll have more on the tree coming up. let's begin with a check of your headlines. speaking of the cold, bundling up. some parts of the northeast may hit record lows today. freeze warnings from the mid-atlantic to the southeast. in all, 200 million people will endure colder-than-normal temperatures today. president trump could have a new headache in the impeachment inquiry. on friday, the lawyer for his former national security adviser, john bolton, revealed that bolton has information on meetings and conversations related to ukraine that the lawyer says have not been heard before. but it's unclear if bolton will testify. there may be another democratic candidate in the 2020 race. on friday, the billionaire, michael bloomberg, filed the
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paperwork to get on the ballot of alabama, the first state with a filing deadline. this morning, a man accused of kidnapping a 19-year-old woman is behind bars. the police catching up with him two weeks after aniha blanchard went missing. blayne alexander is with us. good morning. >> reporter: he was brought here to this alabama jail overnight, a few miles away from where aniaha was last seen. now, police are trying to figure out what happened to the college freshman and who else was involved. this morning, eastbound ham alazid is back in alabama, charged with kidnapping aniha blanchard. he was found in a ditch, and after a struggle, arrested. he appeared in a florida courtroom after being extradited to alabama.
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authorities say there could be more people tied to aniha's disappearance. >> we know he did not act alone. >> reporter: more people could have been involved? >> yes. >> reporter: she had been missing for more than two weeks. last seen inside this convenience store. surveillance video shows alzid was also there at the same time. an eyewitness say he saw him forcing blanchard into a vehicle against her will, before driving off. when the teen's car was found two days later, wrecked and abandoned, the document showed there was a large amount of blood on the passenger, determined to be aniha's. more resources from around the country are joining the search. these volunteers have a lot of ground to cover. 55 miles from where she was last seen to where her car was found. >> we have people on foot. people on atvs. >> reporter: earlier this year,
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he was charged in a separate case, allegedly kidnapping and nearly beating an elderly man to death. when aniha disappeared, he was out on bond. how could someone with that record be out walking free? it's a concern. >> reporter: now, investigators hope he will lead them to aniha and bring closure to her family. police have been getting tips from the public. they say that's what helped them track them down. dave is out on the plaza again. another check of the weather. dave? >> nice to see you. was that tree beautiful or what? we have windchills in the 20s here at rockefeller center. there's the tree in the background. and we still have a great crowd of energetic people. plenty of warmth here. we have more cold weather and
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the next winter storm brewing as the arctic weather moves south from canada. as we head into monday, for the great lakes and the midwest, and heavy rain across the south. rolling into tuesday, we see rain changing over to snow in new england. inland sections could see some heavy snow. elsewhere, we'll see moderate conditions. but winter is upon us. that's a quick look at the national ma >> and we've got areas of dense fog this morning. right now, live look in san francisco. this is supposed to be a view of the golden gate bridge. you can see we've got a lot of fog out there. 50 degrees. downtown san jose seeing that heavy and, of course, the dense fog expected through the middle of the first half of the morning. 53 degrees right now in san jose. by the afternoon, though, we should be seeing mostly clear skies. we will keep some of that cloud cover along the coastline, but our temperatures will be in the 60s. for oakland, 66 degrees. 70 degrees for concord.
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76 in napa. >> and that's a quick look at the weather picture. you're having your bachelorette. >> my bachelorette. >> congratulations. we have celebrations on the plaza. back inside to you. >> dogood times. thank you, dave. it's 30 years to the day since the berlin wall came down. one of the biggest turning points in history. >> only one anchor was there reporting live, tom brokaw. we're going to check in with him and get his reflections on the exclusive of a lifetime, right after this. i have moderate to severe plaque psoriasis. now, there's skyrizi. 3 out of 4 people achieved 90% clearer skin at 4 months after just 2 doses. skyrizi may increase your risk of infections and lower your ability to fight them. before treatment your doctor should check you for infections and tuberculosis. tell your doctor if you have an infection or symptoms such as fevers, sweats, chills, muscle aches or coughs, or if you plan to or recently received a vaccine. ♪ nothing is everything ask your dermatologist about skyrizi.
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grab those command hooks and let's make it work. they hold strong with a peel, stick and press. garland up and down. stockings adorable. fa la, loving it. go all out because everything comes down damage free with a stretch release and look no marks, no mess. joy to the world indeed. command. do. no harm. this morning on "in depth today" the fall of the berlin wall. it happened 30 years ago today. only one network anchor was there, broadcasting live, nbc's tom brokaw. >> now, on this 30th anniversary, tom is back in berlin to see how germany is marking this historic day and to look at the exclusive of a lifetime. tom, good morning to you.
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>> good morning. the fall of the berlin wall, of course, was more than just an important episode in the 20th century. it was also on the long reach of history. in it, it really affectedly ended the soviet union. germany was reunited. but it's not been easy. there's a lot of work still to be done in this country, putting it back together again. in some way, this may have been the easy part. good evening, live from the berlin wall, on the most historic night in this wall's history. the seemingly impossible chain of events that breached the most bitter divide of the cold war, and bridged the divide of germans, east and west. but it wasn't as simple as that. it never is. the german people were cruelly separated from one another for
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decades. the same heritage but living ei radically different lives. important to keep this as a symbol of what happened. >> of course. >> reporter: peter coit ran the prison. he wound up here after doing hard time trying to escape. he remembers meeting his west german grandparents for the first time at the age of 7. >> according to propaganda, they were our enemies. and i thought, does it mean that my grandparents are my enemies? >> reporter: it wasn't just family ties that the stazi manipulated. east germans were under surveillance. but on november 9th, 1989, this ruthless lly oppressive system collapsed. at the end of a tedious press conference, east german propaganda minister read something that he shouldn't have. east germans, he said, would be allowed to travel through any
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checkpoint they chose immediately. in an interview with me, he doubled down. it is possible for them to go through the wall at some point? >> it is possible for them to go through the border. >> reporter: it was a mistake. but it was too late. the word was out. here we go. our nbc team had an exclusive satellite patch from the wall, as people began to try their luck. no one knew what would happen. but the border guards tried to stop them. but in the end, the guards just watched. the berlin wall can no longer contain the east german people. it was a historic moment, watching people grasp the freedom denied them for so long. germans from the east and the west united at last. it's a night to remember. i was fortunate to be at a lot of big events. i was going to say, fortunate enough to be at a lot of big
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events. but nothing bigger than that one. that really will loast for a long, long time. >> you say it was a night to remember. but no one saw this coming. how is it -- pull back the curtain for us. how is it that you and the nbc team were there to broadcast this historic moment to the world? >> well, there had been a paramount of turmoil in germany. a lot of people going to czechoslovakia. a lot of uncertainty about what was going to happen. our producer said, why don't you go to germany and see what happened. and i did. the first day, not much happened. the second day, we were waiting for the news conference and he made the mistake of announcing. >> now, the wall has been down longer than it was up. give us perspective. what changes have you experienced in berlin and germany as a whole, since you've been back so many times. >> yes. i've been back several times. also, a lot of people who were living in the east are now here.
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and they're reflecting on what happened there. but there is still a population in east germany who are dedicated communists. they're older and not happy about how they're being treated. there is still work to be done here. >> tom, thank you so much. a moment that inspired a generation of journalists, two of them in the studio right now. >> absolutely. >> thank you for sharing your story. >> that's a treat on a saturday morning, for sure. coming up, honoring a member of the greatest generation. the world war ii veteran who begins each day at his local diner. and the community who makes sure my body is truly powerful. i have the power to lower my blood sugar and a1c. because i can still make my own insulin. and trulicity activates my body to release it like it's supposed to. trulicity is for people with type 2 diabetes. it's not insulin. i take it once a week. it starts acting in my body from the first dose. trulicity isn't for people with type 1 diabetes or diabetic ketoacidosis.
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sweet story with you about a very special veteran. dan rankin has become a local celebrity in idaho. we traveled to have breakfast with him and you'll see why. every single morning at the dueling irons diner, 95-year-old dan rankin comes for breakfast. >> hi. come on in. >> reporter: he arrives at the same time, sits at the same table and orders the same thing from his favorite server, maria. a sausage patty, hash browns and toast, rings in at $9.50. but rankin hasn't paid his breakfast time for years. >> someone paid for breakfast. >> reporter: now, people line up for a chance to treat him. >> i took a look. he has over $200 on there. sometimes we'll have tears and we'll cry. he's really humble and sweet.
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>> reporter: a former tank mechanic from new port, washington, he graduated in 1941 and shipped off to france with the 13th armored division. >> that's the better hat. >> reporter: and it's his service, rankin says, that galvanizes his breakfast fan club. >> he has a lot of stories to tell and it's nice to hear them. >> it amazes me the number of people that want to pay homage to me. just because i am a veteran. >> reporter: but they do. and so do we. now, i picked up the check that morning. everyone in there knew him. everyone came over to say hi. and almost everyone in there had bought him breakfast at some point. the diner says dan's tab has more than $300 on it. guys, my favorite part of the story is that waitress, maria, every day after the morning together, they walk to his car and she says i love you and they
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hug each other. >> sometimes he has a tear when he's eating breakfast. it's not lost on him how he's loved. >> he was so sweet. >> they will have $6,000 after this story. >> dan rankin, we salute you. still to come, the latest on the health scare for pat sajak. and a big role reversal for vanna white. >> we're back after this. my parents never taught me anything about managing money. the amount of student loan debt i have, i'm embarrassed to even say. we just decided we didn't want debt any longer. ♪ i didn't realize how easy investing could be. i'm picking companies that i believe in. ♪ i think sofi money is amazing. ♪ thank you sofi. sofi thank you, we love you. ♪
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we have a look at that microclimate forecast. the good news is it gets better from here. >> at least it will get cleared out by the end of the morning. the first half of your day will be taken over by this fog. a live look at san francisco. that was supposed to be the golden gate bridge. we have foggy conditions. we've got some pretty dense fog up through portions of the north bay. i want to show you the visibility. we're down to a quarter of a mile in santa rosa and napa which means it could get dangerous out of the roads. it went from one mile to less than a mile, remember, don't turn on your high beams. just use your regular headlights. today's microclimate height, 71 in pal alto, 73 in san jose. 66 in oakland. 64 in san francisco. it won't be too hot or too cold. people are asking me about the
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rain. i'll have an answer for that coming up at 7:00 a.m. >> you'll have to tune in for that. thanks. frightening moments for a woman in the south bay, a robber broke into her home while she was alone. it happened around 5:30 yesterday morning at the home. the woman called 911 from the upstairs. when santa clara deputies arrived, they saw a man running from the neighborhood towards the boulevard. people who live nearby say it's scary. they always thought their neighborhood was safe. >> so we are hoping he's caught and we are wondering how we can make it safer as a community. >> deputies say the man was last seen wearing a dark colored long sleeved shirt and dark pants. and the search continues for the thieves who broke into a dozen cars in san mateo. it happened last sunday morning near the laurelwood shopping center. the thieves took whatever they
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could, credit cards, sunglasses, even spare change. police are urging the community to install security cameras to help protect their belongings. it is just about 5:59. coming up this morning on "today in the bay," eating on the run? you can't do that on b.a.r.t. we'll show you this exchange between a b.a.r.t. officer and a passenger that started with a sandwich and ended with handcuffs. we will have that plus all your top stories and weather.
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good morning. double dose of cold. a bitter wake-up for more than 200 million people this morning, as brutally cold temperatures sweep the country. and this is far from the worst of it, with another blast expected in a few days. we'll have the full forecast. star witness. a potential bombshell in the impeachment inquiry, as a lawyer for john bolton, says bolton has information about the ukraine controversy that's never been heard before. michael bloomberg, a fierce trump critic takes another step toward a presidential run, filing paperwork to get on the ballot in alabama.
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and rocking around the christmas tree. the most popular tree around. and this morning, the rockefeller center christmas tree is ready for its close-up. how it came to find its new home. "today," saturday, november 9th, 2019. ♪ >> it's my birthday. >> it's my 12th birthday. >> my 42nd. >> my 60th. >> happy birthday. >> start every day the right way, "today." >> greetings from new york city. >> happy birthday from thelma & louise. >> i'm celebrating my bachelorette at the "today" show. ♪ >> that young lady is named eva, the same name as my daughter,
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celebrating a 9th birthday. happy birthday to her. >> makes my day. >> no doubt. good crowd. as we head into this veterans day weekend, we want to take a moment to thank the men and women who serve our country. the sailors from "the uss carter," docked in new york this week. we thank you guys for being here today. >> thank you for your service. it is freezing outside this morning. thank you, guys. i gave someone my pocket warmers over there. twins turning 15. we have a lot to get to this morning. let's begin with today's news. and speaking of the temperatures, the arctic air that has some of us thinking it's winter here. temperatures below average this morning and it's expected to get even worse. dave price is in for dylan this morning with even more. where are you? there you are. i thought you were ice skating for a moment. >> that's what smart weathermen do. when it's cold outside, we retreat to the weather wall. we have brutally cold conditions for much of the country. a little change from earlier this morning.
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now, 21 million people affected by freeze watches and warnings now that the five boroughs of new york are now out of the warning zone. but that cold air stretching all the way back to louisiana. and again, we have warns in effect all the way south through some of the gulf states, in through georgia and the carolinas, as well. in the northeast, of course, suffering from the extreme cold temperatures, as well. why is that? well, look at the jet stream. we call it an amplified jet stream. it sinks well to the south and allows all that cold, arctic air to begin to sink in. and that's just what we're seeing. and typically, when we see this kind of set-up, one section of the country is extremely cold. and the other section of the country, the other half, is typically warmer than normal. we're seeing mid-70s, as we head to places like denver. 90s out to the southwest. but look at the area affected by the cold. er erie, pennsylvania, at 21 this morning. 21 is the windchill in chicago. 19 in nashville. and down in tupelo, it's 29
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degrees, when you factor in the winds. now, take a look at the numbers, as we head through the rest of the day. we are off where we should be, by about 15 degrees in many locations, stretching all the way down to the carolinas, tall way up to new england and as far way back as green bay, wisconsin. so, this is a significant dose of cold air. in some cases, the coldest air we've seen in about eight months or so. now, as we head into the end of the weekend, we've got some big changes. another dose of strong, arctic air begins to move on through. and that's going to knock off temperatures again. departures of 20 to 25 degrees. that's a quick look at our weather. we'll send it back to you. sheinelle? pete centr peter? >> dave, thank you. now, to the impeachment inquiry and what could be damaging testimony for the white house. the lawyer for the former national security adviser, john bolt bolton, says bolton has information about ukraine that has not yet been revealed.
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hans nichols is at the white house with more on that this morning. >> reporter: good morning, peter. this morning, the white house is preparing for the next phase of this impeachment process. that's public hearings. yesterday, the president said he didn't want it, after weeks of arguing all of the private testimony should be made public. it all comes ahead of legal uncertainty on just who will be compelled to testify. after returning to washington late friday, the president bracing for potentially big bombshells in the impeachment inquiry. former national security adviser, john bolton, may now be ready to share relevant meetings and conversations on ukraine that have not been discussed publicly, according to his lawyer, making him a possible star witness. his appearance could shed some light on the newly released testimony of his former deputy, fiona hill, who says he referred to rudy giuliani, the president's personal attorney, as a hand grenade in the ukraine discussions. hill also testified that bolton was so concerned about a july
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10th conversation between ukrainian officials and gordon sondland, the u.s. ambassador to the european union, that he left early. also in the meeting, lieutenant colonel alexander vindman, looking completely alarmed, according to hill. in his testimony, vindman said there was no doubt trump had invoked a quid pro quo for the yukrainians to investigate the bidens. the demand was, in order to get the white house meeting, they had to deliver an investigation. vindman told house investigators. meanwhile, the president doubling down. >> i had a second call with the president. actually, i believe it came before this one. and now, they all want that one. and if they want it, i'll give it to them. >> reporter: insisting his actions were appropriate. >> why would you ask the president of ukraine to do something you warrant willing to ask your own justice department? >> we're looking for corruption. we're giving hundreds of millions of dollars. and we're looking for corruption. >> reporter: as the president ignores a cease and desist
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letter from the initial whistleblower's lawyer. >> the whistleblower is a disgrace to our country. a disgrace. and the whistleblower, because of that, should be revealed. >> reporter: now, later today, the president will be traveling. he's heading down to alabama for a football game. he's been doing a lot of these sporting events recently. even if he gets a mixed reaction in the stadium or the ballpark, it's a way for the white house and the president to reach beyond and try to find nontraditional voters. there's an added benefit with the game today because it's lsu versus louisiana. excuse me, lsu versus alabama, in alabama. and the president knows there's an important governor's race in louisiana. he wants to try to influence that. peter? sheinelle? >> hans nichols, thanks very much. there's a potential shakeup in the presidential race. michael bloomberg may join the democratic field. he has filed papers to be on the alabama ballot. bloomberg would be a moderate option to former v.p. joe biden.
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biden has been losing ground to senators warren and bernie sanders. the final funeral of victims of a brutal ambush that killed nine women and children in mexico will be held later today. christina langford johnson, was said to wave her hands to stop the attackers when she was shot twice. incredibly, her 7-month-old daughter was found inside the car, unharmed. on friday, friends and family buried the bodice of a mother and four of her children. authorities say the motive of the attack is still unknown. let's make you smile a little bit. >> we can use it. >> time for our "morning boost" this weekend. this is an adorable dance-off on the streets of new york city. here we go. 4-year-old rehema and 6-year-old letavine was trading moves with a bagel shop employee. as you see, they go through all the moves. they have "thriller." do a little swimming.
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some disco before it's all over. the girls' mom says this is a cute moment and reminder of what new york city is really about. >> i love that. i hope they got a warm bagel after that. dave on the plaza with the rest of the country's forecast. >> nice to see you. i spoke too early when i said smart weathermen stay inside at the weather wall. great to be with this crowd outside in this cold weather. and again, a special thank you -- i'm so sorry. we messed that up, didn't we. nice to see you guys. and a quick reminder, by the way -- as we celebrate veterans day and salute the men and women in uniform, we also want to recognize families. you, lieutenant, have your family with us today. >> luckily, yes. >> who are they? >> this is macy and jennifer from saratoga. >> we're honored to have you here. thank you for your sacrifice. heroes one and all. so good to have you out here on the plaza. big round of applause for them, huh? and we thank everybody who
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serves or has served. let's look at the national map. everyone, real quickly. a weekend chill in the northeast, stretching down to the south. sunshine for the west. much-needed rain in the next week or so. and another cold blast of weather coming in through the northern states and northern rockies, as we head into sunday night and the beginning of next week. that's a quick look at the >> we've got dense fog. it's 352 degrees right now in san jose. we've got limited visibility. especially up through the north bay. right now, we're down to about a quarter of a mile in santa rosa and napa. into oakland, less than a mile. san carlos, less than a mile, as well. san jose, less than two miles. santa cruz mountains, please remember to slow it down and keep the hands on the wheel. 60s for oakland. 74 for martinez. 71 in pal alto. >> that's a quick look at your weather. patrick is waiting for the
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the legendary "wheel of fortune" host has been sidelined after undergoing emergency surgery for a blocked intestines. a taping was canceled, saying pat is resting comfortably and looking forward to getting back to work. the show must go on. and there's only one person for the job. vanna white stepped in as host on friday, with a little assistance from mickey and minnie. white and say jack have been with "wheel of fortune" since 1982. and we wish him the b, buy a vowel, e-s-t. >> good. we're going to go to one of the biggest parties of the season. e!'s people choice awards. this is what you need to know about the festivities on sunday. there are 43 categories, ranging from the movie of 2019 to the social celebrity of 2019. all of which are voted on by the
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post it online. and i tend to just send it to my parents or my shrink instead. my kids are so cute. i don't want to post about them. >> your shrink is your instagram. >> i have a private instagram to my shrink. he loves it. >> that's funny. >> that's a great interview. catch the rest of it tomorrow on "sunday today." >> she's impressive. a lot of people can't keep the family contained. keep it private. good stuff. just ahead, the rockefeller center christmas tree is here. we're going to tell you how the family who owned it, just knew it w just because we're super hungry... ...doesn't mean you got to spend a lot! because denny's brought back the super slam™. with eggs, hash browns, bacon, sausage and pancakes. all for just $6.99. the $6.99 super slam™ is back! see you at denny's!
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hold on a second. >> it looks secure to me. you know why? this is a big deal. look at these roots. we're back on this saturday morning, standing in front of the rockefeller center christmas tree. there's so many people, you can't see this, crowded around. this is the only way to see the tree in this state. >> she is a beautiful lady. in a matter of hours, it will be standing tall, ready to be decked out. >> according to the family that donated this tree, the trip to its new home to rockefeller plaza, was a long time in coming. when carol schultz planted this norway spruce in 1959, she had great things in mind for it. >> i always said, you're going to be up in rockefeller center someday. and you're going to be a beautiful tree when you get older. >> reporter: as a young mother, she watched the tree grow alongside her own family. >> we bought this tree and had a ball on the bottom. we kept it alive through the
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winter. in the springtime it was planted. and i never thought it would take. >> reporter: now, 50 years later, the 77-foot tree is taking its place in history. the rockefeller center christmas tree is a tradition which dates back to 1931. and it has since become a national symbol of holiday cheer. this year, the schultz family tree will be the one to carry on that tradition, right here in the middle of new york city. >> when i see the tree lit up, i'm probably going to cry. my hope is, it will bring happiness to people. and i hope they enjoy it. >> so cool. >> now, this little baby is going to have 50,000 lights. and of course, it will be topped with the star. and it will be magical. >> it will be up until january. you have some time if you say, i
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good morning. we're got that dense fog, especially along the coastline but it's made its way inland. in san francisco, 50 degrees. a live look right now, you can see all of that fog. there is a dense fog advisory in place for the day through 9:00 a.m. limited visibility. san jose, this is a live view ott downtown san jose and look at how foggy it is. right now, we're at 52 degrees. that fog will make you feel colder. especially. >> santa rosa where the temperatures are in the 40s. by the afternoon, we should see better visibility. but right now, down to a quarter of a mile in santa rosa, a quarter of a mile in through
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